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ISBN13: 9780762450046
ISBN10: 0762450045
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Zara has one immediate and urgent goal, and it is to find her brother, Jem. She faces a few complications, though, not the least of which is searching for him in her subconscious while she is in a coma.

Zaras coma has pulled her into the world of Jems favorite comic-book hero. But no matter how quickly Zara literally draws her own escape, she is taunted deeper into the fantastical darkness by the comics villain, Morven. All the while she is caught between the present with visits from friends and family in the hospital and the past by flashbacks of a traumatic event long ago forgotten.

The search for her brother may help Zara see the light, but in order to find him, she must face her innermost secrets first. In a multi-layered tale that intertwines comic-book/graphic novel elements with first-person narration, Elizabeth Pulford explores the dimensions of hope, love, loyalty, denial, and truth.


While in a coma, a teen girl faces comic book demons and her inner most secrets in her subconscious.

About the Author

Elizabeth Pulford is a writer and three-time finalist for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her previous books include Castlecliff and the Fossil Princess, Blackthorn's Betrayal, and Tussock. She lives in Waikouaiti, New Zealand, with her husband.

Angus Gomes is an illustrator who lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
The motorcycle accident that killed her brother Jem left Zara in a coma. Lying in her hospital bed she struggles with understanding why people she knows and loves talk to her as though she can’t hear them. At the same time, her dreams tell her she is trapped inside a comic, drawing her own way out of danger while she searches for her brother.

Zara’s frustration is evident, because everything she seeks seems just beyond her reach. She can’t communicate with her parents and friends, and she can’t find her brother. As she goes back and forth between awareness and dream states, she also gets closer to the truth of a terrifying incident that occurred when she was quite young. Facing the truth of painful events, both past and present, may be the only way Zara finds a way to her future.

Broken by Elizabeth Pulford is a combination of prose and graphic novel. Illustrated by Angus Gomes, graphic moments resemble comic books. It’s an inventive way to tell a story, and it works because Jem was passionate about comic books and Zara is an artist. She is sure she can find him among the pages of his favorite series, Hoodman.

While the action advanced more slowly than I would have liked and some of the graphic scenes were confusing (as dreams sometimes are), Broken brings up several issues worth thinking about and discussing. In what ways do we hide our true selves to keep from being hurt? Are we responsible when something bad happens to us? Can facing the things we fear bring us more peace?

The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Pulford, Elizabeth
Running Press Kids
Gomes, Angus
Family - Siblings
Children s-General
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
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Grade Level:
from 7
BandW illustrations throughout
7.75 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 13

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While in a coma, a teen girl faces comic book demons and her inner most secrets in her subconscious.

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